Former soap opera writer who "aged out" of the system (I had to gall to turn 45!). Now I enjoy finding new places to go and new things to do. My favorite place is the world of wonder. My motto: Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says "Oh crap, she's up!"
It seemingly sits in the middle of nowhere and has only been open seven months, but word of mouth is rapidly making the Prohibition Brewing Company a popular destination for lunch, dinner or parties. Starting in a backyard barn, owners Ron and Kathy have literally (physically) built -- with the help of friends and families -- a restaurant-microbrewery with a captivating 1930s Prohibition decor. As Al Capone gazes over your shoulder, enjoy a menu ranging from comfort food (mac 'n cheese) to unexpected surprises such as truffle-parmesan fries, shrimp ceviche.and jalapeno-avocado burgers. Kid-friendly, reasonable prices and a warm and welcoming staff. The handmade picnic-style tables can make every visit a party. (You never know who you'll meet!) Even John Dillinger would like it here!Prohibition Brewing Company Vista, CA
From the street, Jones Coffee Roasters is an unassuming storefront. Inside, it's spacious, filled with local art. They roast their own coffee right on the floor. It's a great place for working too. A few larger tables set into alcoves to give some privacy and smaller tables set all around for students or whoever hangs out at coffee shops these days as well as couches and chairs if that's more to your liking. Oh, and let's not forget the coffee! It's wonderful. Smooth and slightly sweet, the mark of a truly great coffee selection. So, if you need a place to chill for a few hrs, or just want to get some good coffee, this is a great place for both.Like Add a Comment
The once Urban Think Bookstore in located in Orlando's Thornton Park has been revamped and renamed. It is now Urban ReThink, a hub where writers, artists, social media ninjas, independent filmmakers and the like converge. Stop in for a chat and a coffee, wine or beer. Surrounded by boutiques, eateries and a dog-friendly neighborhood, it's a popular haunt. There are events and permanent work spaces too.Like Add a Comment
The Plaza Hotel is nearly as famous for its fictional residents as its real ones. A portrait of Eloise, the children's book heroine brought to life by Persian Room lounge singer Kay Thompson, occupies a prime spot outside the Palm Court, on the south promenade, while photos of the Beatles and Marilyn Monroe get space in the back. And now, with the three-year restoration by El-Ad Properties complete, the hotel that hosted both Truman Capote's "Party of the Century" and Donald Trump's wedding to Marla Maples is open to the public again. Even if an overnight stay is not in the plan, the Plaza's public space still feels like a million bucks, whether you're having a glass of champagne in the lobby or a steak in the Oak Room, where legend says that the frescoes inspired Walt Disney to build his own castle at Disneyland. A completely new lobby, the Rose Club, and the Palm Court are some of the highlights.Like Add a Comment
Crossing Fifth Avenue, I saw the classic statue in the fountain in front of The Plaza Hotel next to Central Park. The air was still wet from the rain that had stopped a moment before. I couldn't get the Moody Blues lyric "giving freely, and completely, to my lady" out of my head as I watched the statue make a soft bow to the Plaza Hotel.Like Add a Comment